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    360 Link: Google Scholar FAQ

    • Product: 360 Link

    Where can I get answers to various questions about Google Scholar?

    1. Where are there instructions on setting up Google Scholar for 360 Link?

      For detailed instructions on setting up Google Scholar for 360 Link, Intota users click here, Client Center users click here.
    2. Why should I register my library with Google Scholar?

      Google Scholar is considered a 360 Link Referring Source. It is free and easy to set up. Users are familiar with the Google interface and may already be starting their research in Google Scholar. Adding a link to 360 Link provides visibility to your 360 Link Results Page, directs users to your library's holdings, and will likely increase usage. You must be a 360 Link client to set up Google Scholar.
    3. Why must I share my holdings information with Google Scholar?

      We supply Google Scholar with your holdings information so their search results pages can indicate what is available through your library. This "smartens" the Google Scholar interface and connects your users back to your library's resources. When the "Full-Text Link Name" hyperlink appears next to a search result, patrons immediately know that your library has full-text access. Links to titles that you don't have access to will still display, but will use the "Other Resources Link Name" text. Patrons can still use this link to take advantage of other links on your 360 Link Results Page, such as links to your OPAC or ILL.
    4. What data will you send to Google?

      We will only send them journal title, ISSN, and coverage dates for each of your holdings.
    5. How often will the data be updated? And how do I know if my latest Intota / Client Center changes are in Google Scholar?

      Google Scholar conducts updates once every week to two weeks. To find out when the last time Google Scholar updated 360 Link customer holdings, go to the Google Scholar Settings page, enter timestamp into the Library Links field and click the Search button. The date and time that displays is the last time holdings were updated; changes you have made to your Intota/Client Center profile since that time are not yet reflected in Google Scholar.
    6. Will I need to send Google my holdings data?

      No. We will take care of that step for you and send the information to Google on your institution's behalf.
    7. What information should I enter for Institution Name? Where will it appear in Google Scholar?

      This text appears in the Scholar Preferences page, under Institutional Access, to indicate that your library has outbound linking set up in Google Scholar. This field is limited to 60 characters including numbers, letters, and spaces.
    8. What will the Full-Text Link Name be used for and where will it appear in Google Scholar?

      This link displays when your library has reported access to the journal cited in the search result. The link appears to the right of the citation and takes the patron to your 360 Link Results Page, giving patrons the opportunity to use links to get to the desired content. This field is limited to 25 characters including numbers, letters, and spaces.
    9. In what way will the Other Resources Link Name be used and where will it appear in Google Scholar?

      This link displays when your library does not have electronic access to the journal cited in the search result. It appears below the citation in the More menu and provides access to your 360 Link Results Page, giving patrons the opportunity to use Custom Links, such as ILL forms or OPAC searches. Please note that this link does not display when the search result is a book or a book chapter. This field is limited to 25 characters including numbers, letters, and spaces.


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    1. Can I provide an image to use instead of a link?

      No. Google Scholar currently only supports the use of text hyperlinks.
    2. Why do you need my IP address or range?

      Google uses your IP address to recognize your library's users and then provide a link specific to your institution. By providing the IP range, Google Scholar can quickly tell if a patron is coming from an approved address, and then connect them to your library's content.

      Please note: The IP address or range that you register must be the external IP address that can be seen by systems outside your organization when you're communicating via the Internet. Please do not specify dynamic IP addresses.
    3. If I provide my IP range, will patrons automatically be authenticated?

      No. Providing the IP range in no way emulates authentication. Patrons still need to follow the normal steps to gain access to the full-text source. Patrons accessing Google Scholar on campus automatically see your 360 Link links next to each result that Google Scholar provides. Off-campus users need to select your library Scholar Preferences for your library's links to appear with the search results. If they authenticate prior to searching through Google Scholar, they will be able to link directly to the full text. When patrons reach the 360 Link Results Page and click on an article, journal, or database-level link, they will be prompted to log in to your authentication system if they haven't already authenticated.
    4. May I still participate in Google Scholar linking if I decide not to provide my IP address or range?

      Yes. However, if you do not want to provide your IP range to Google, patrons may not know that your library is set up as a Referring Source. They would need to manually select your library by using Scholar Preferences, and then save changes. This would be required of every patron on or off campus. You and your users will find it easier to provide your IP address or IP range to Google Scholar.
    5. How can I get to the Scholar Preferences page?

      You can get to it by going to http://scholar.google.com and clicking on Settings at the top of the page.
    6. I want to participate but I do not want my library's name (and links to my 360 Link pages) made accessible to the general public. Can I restrict access to only those patrons who have IP access to my library?

      Yes. In the Google Scholar Setup page in the Client Center, place a check mark next to Restrict Access by IP. If you elect to restrict access, patrons will still see your Institution Name in the Scholar Preferences page, but it will be grayed-out and not accessible. A message will display, instructing the patron to authenticate first by going to your library's website. This helps to keep your 360 Link Results Page more private and not accessible to other users who may be looking at your 360 Link Results Page out of curiosity. To enable this option, you must agree to provide your IP address or IP range to Google.
    7. Can you add links to my Custom Links that return to Google?

      Yes. Links conducting searching by journal title or author are the most successful. Searches by ISSN are not currently supported.
    8. Will Google place links on the google.com website instead of or in addition to scholar.google.com?

      No. Linking is only available through Google Scholar at http://scholar.google.com.
    9. How do I get started?

      Google Scholar Setup is available to 360 Link clients only; per our contractual agreement with Google, we cannot offer this feature to trial clients of 360 Link. If you are a 360 Link subscriber, you can get started by:

      ---- Intota users: Click Google Scholar within the Admin menu at the top left of Intota.
      ---- Client Center users: Click Google Scholar Setup in the Administer Your Products > 360 Link section of the Client Center Home page:
      For detailed instructions on setting up Google Scholar for 360 Link, Intota users click here, Client Center users click here.
    10. I have more questions about Google Scholar; where can I find more information?

      You can get more information by visiting Google Scholar Help: http://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/help.html, or by sending a message to ProQuest Support using the Support Portal option near the top of this page.


    • Date Created: 9-Feb-2014
    • Last Edited Date: 11-Dec-2015
    • Old Article Number: 7242
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